Maryland lacrosse: Tenacity a Holmes family trait

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“Coach talked to me in the beginning of the season, saying ‘That spot is yours for the taking,’ which I’ve taken pride in this year,” Curtis Holmes said.

The quality play was especially apparent against elite faceoff men. Holmes won 14 of 26 draws against first-team All-America pick Matt Dolente of Johns Hopkins, and was 34-for-53 in three meetings with North Carolina’s R.G. Keenan, a third-team selection.

Holmes earned an honorable mention nod, but his value to the Terps cannot be disputed.

Curtis might be our MVP,” Tillman said. “If you wanted to take one guy away from our team who could hurt us the most, I think it might be Curtis.”

It’s just one more way Holmes is much like his brothers, part of a blue-collar family whose ethos reflects the characteristics Maryland has built its program upon for decades. This weekend, Holmes will be the first of his three brothers to play in a final four in their hometown, an outcome set up from years of work.

“Growing up, quitting wasn’t in our vocabulary,” Bryn Holmes said. “We just always had the competitive juices flowing. Maryland was kind of the perfect fit for that.”

And this spring, Curtis Holmes was the perfect fit for Maryland.

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